Winery to Watch 2015

Barossa, Australia: Tscharke

In 1998, Damien Tscharke, a sixth-generation grape grower, began adding to his parents’ 15-acre vineyard on Seppeltsfield Road while he was studying viticulture and enology at the University of Adelaide. He planted tempranillo, graciano, montepulciano and albariño at the old Gnadenfrei property, while adding shiraz, mataro and grenache at their vineyard in Stonewell. But it was his old-vine grenache from vines his grandfather planted at Gnadenfrei that caught our attention. It has the raciness that grenache so rarely achieves, its fragrant strawberry-scented fruit cool and rustic—a true Barossa classic from a young producer we’re eager to meet.